We’d like to welcome you to our AGM to be held in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower on Thursday 21 September at 19:30. The meeting will be followed by a screening in the cinema of a new 28 minute documentary about the Fairfield Halls entitled The Fairfield Collection. Refreshments will be available. Do join us if you can – your comments and views are always important to us and this is an ideal opportunity for you to let us know what you think.
Looking back to last week, My Cousin Rachel was enjoyed by the Babes in Arms audience on Tuesday morning. Sophia Coppola’s re-make of US Civil War drama The Beguiled mostly compared favourably with Don Siegel’s 1971 version which starred Clint Eastwood. “Great” and “very enjoyable” were just a couple of the comments from younger film-goers, but others perhaps preferred the original…
The delightful Kedi (Cats) on Tuesday is fully booked, but we’re pleased to say there’s another showing on Saturday 14 October at 14:30. Meanwhile, it’s our next Babes in Arms screening on 10 October at the usual time of 11:00. Read more…….
Many thanks to our guests Alex Barrett and Graham Chalk for making Tuesday evening at the David Lean so memorable. Alex (director/editor of London Symphony) took part in an illuminating Q&A, and Graham (Director of Film and Media Production at the BRIT School) launched our BRIT School Showcase screenings. Part of the occasion was filmed by the School’s Live Crew for their next production, so we will provide details when this can be seen on YouTube. For more information on the London Symphony film which is making a tour of venues across the country, see their website or read more on this story.
Thursday’s feature this week is A Man Called Ove, an entertaining comedy drama about an older (and initially bad-tempered) man, whose life is changed by his friendship with some intriguing new neighbours … Tickets are available for the 11:00 showing, but only a few seats remain for the evening. Read More……….
Our return from the ‘summer break’ kicked off with the screening of Reach for the Sky in collaboration with the Kenley Revival Project, who gave a fascinating overview of their venture, as well as displaying a range of artefacts that they use in their educational work. Project Manager Marie Rose and Learning & Volunteer Officer Amy Todd (pictured above) contacted us afterwards to say they “had a really great time and it was a great opportunity for us to try something new and take the story of Kenley out of the airfield… The team at the David Lean Cinema were incredibly welcoming and encouraging of our event”. Supporters may be interested in Kenley’s free Open Day on Sunday 10 September. Read more………….
Following our short break, we opened for business again on Saturday with a special screening of Reach for the Sky presented by the Kenley Revival Project.
“The Croydon Summer of Love” is represented by two very different films next week, and we also include a repeat showing of My Cousin Rachel.
This week we present two very different 1967 films for the Croydon Summer of Love Festival. The BBFC refused to give The Trip (showing on Tuesday) a certificate until 2002, but it’s a must for anyone interested in the pop culture of the 1960s.
We are now in the second week of our closure period, but there is plenty to look forward to on our return to business.
We have a full programme of films coming up, which is outlined in our chief programmer Philip Howard’s review which you can read here. Among these are two films showing as part of the Croydon Summer of Love season, The Trip and The Graduate. Details of these below, as well as an extra screening of the very popular Dunkirk on October 4th. Read More.
We are having our third AGM on September 21st. All are invited, and more details can be found below. Read More………….
As you will have noticed, we are taking a short holiday. The cinema re-opens on Saturday 19th August with Reach for the Sky, in association with the Kenley Renewal Project. There will be a display of memorabilia from the aerodrome to see from 1pm on the day, so come early to see this and talk to the Kenley staff.
Due to the success of My Cousin Rachel, we have arranged another screening of this ‘did she, didn’t she’ mystery based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel on Wednesday 23rd August at 7.30pm.
Two thought-provoking and very different family dramas came to the David Lean last week – After the Storm from Japan was followed by the uplifting American offering, Gifted, which prompted some approval from the audience: “A lovely film featuring excellent performances…”
There’s another chance on Tuesday this week to enjoy the Oscar-nominated My Life as a Courgette – number six in Mark Kermode’s Top 10 films of the year! This touching, funny, heartfelt Swiss stop-motion animation is well worth seeing – “creative, alive and, quite simply, terrific.” Buy Tickets
We had a very enjoyable party for our volunteers in the Braithwaite Hall on Friday night. These dedicated people are the mainstay of the Campaign, and it was good to be able to acknowledge the work they do ensuring that our screenings run smoothly. We are always on the lookout for more help, so if you are interested please see the volunteers page.
Last week’s films proved very popular. In the case of My Cousin Rachel, this was hardly surprising – both screenings sold out. A well-made version of a classic English novel, this was always likely to please. It was interesting to hear that Rachel Weisz had decided before filming whether her character was ‘guilty’ or not, and played the role with this decision in mind, without telling the director. With Destiny (Der müde Tod), programming a silent film is always a risk, but this paid off, with a good audience enjoying this wonderful tale of a woman’s attempts to cheat the Grim Reaper. Weary Death himself was portrayed as not really enjoying his job, although finally there was no way of escaping him! Read more….
There’s a rare chance on Tuesday to see legendary German director Fritz Lang’s first masterpiece Destiny (Der Müde Tod). Death, here portrayed as a sympathetic character, steals a young woman’s fiancé and challenges her to save one of three lives by the power of love. In scenes of stunning visual brilliance, we’re taken to Arabia, Venice and Imperial China. Look out for the ‘Candleroom’ sequence – according to one critic, ‘a moment of floating beauty and surreal grace’. This 1921 silent classic has been meticulously restored and features a newly-composed orchestral score. For anyone interested in the genre, Destiny is an exceptional and rewarding treat.
A handful of tickets are still available for My Cousin Rachel on Thursday afternoon, which is a screening with subtitles for people with a hearing loss. The repeat showing on Wednesday 2 August at 7.30pm has almost sold out at the time of writing. Read more………………